Nov 30 2012

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Hey all-

My prolonged absence can probably be explained by my celebration of thesis being done (I present tomorrow!) and realization of all the rest of the work I need to do. I also have to do ANOTHER thesis for my second major, so to quote Jay-Z, “On to the next one.”

I had a weird moment where I realized that I was registering for classes at RWU for the last time. Ever. Since I had a brief existential crisis as a result, I thought, why not take Existentialism? Additionally, I’m taking History of Religion, Crime and Dissent in Early New England, and Leadership in American Politics. I’m doing an independent study for my Political Science thesis, so I’m still figuring out what I’ll be researching ad nauseam until April.

I took the GREs. Don’t do it, ever. It is one of the most soul crushing, life-force sucking four hours you will ever be subject to. Or just study more than I did.

It’s been a whirlwind semester as Academic Affairs chair of Student Senate- from planning Grad School Month, to running Professor of the Semester, to investigating a faculty member. But, I am Academic Affairs chair no longer. I’ve been promoted due to a vacancy left by our former Student Body Vice President, Kevin, who is graduating early. He leaves behind very large shoes to fill, but I have high hopes that I can do the job.

Senate’s last big event for the semester is Winter Illumination on Wednesday, December 5th from 4.30-5.30. Come and get free cider, hot chocolate, gingerbread people and for the chance to win some cool prizes.

I feel as though it was only just September and I was buying textbooks for my classes and now it’s time to sell them back, having (hopefully) skimmed read all of them. Crazy town.

I’ll check in again before finals, because there is nothing I love more than procrastinating by doing other semi-productive work. Some things never change.

Tom


Sep 11 2012

249 days until Commencement

At Convocation, as eager freshmen filled a hot tent on the baseball field, ready to begin their RWU adventure, I realized that mine was coming to a close. The next tent I’d be under would be at Commencement. My graduation day. As cliche as it sounds, I feel like it was just yesterday that I was moving into Cedar, meeting new friends, and loving every minute of it.

Reality has set it. I’m a senior. There are theses to write, a cap and gown to purchase, GREs to take, and real life to figure out. Grad school or work? New York or LA (or London or Chicago or DC…)? Decisions, decisions.

Real life multiple choice questions?

Real life multiple choice questions?

But that’s the future. Let’s talk about the now. Since I’m a masochist, I’m taking six courses, chairing a Student Senate committee, editing the Internationalist at Hawk, working as a research assistant in the History Department, and commuting to campus. There may be some nap taking on the couch in the Student Senate office.

Last First Day of School

Last First Day of School

Classes. Foreign Policy of Russia and China; Research Methods in Political Science; History Senior Seminar; Colonial America; Ethnic Conflict; Rich State, Poor State.

Books on books on books

Books on books on books

Student Senate. I’m the Academic Affairs committee chair. Our big thing for September is a co-sponsored series of events for Graduate School Month with the Career Center. Looming is Professor of the Semester selection and Senate scholarship awarding.

I'm kind of a big deal.

I'm kind of a big deal.

Research Assistant. You need some copies? I can make those copies.

Internationalist. RWU’s source for all things international. Currently we publish on a rolling basis online. Check it out.

Commuting. Gas is pricey. :/

Less than nine months until Commencement. It’s like I’m pregnant…with emotion.

Here’s to hoping for no complications,

Tom